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Old 06-18-2011, 07:23 PM
Henrique de Moraes Holschuh
 
Default Bug#630920: RFH: rng-tools -- Daemon to use a Hardware TRNG

Package: wnpp
Severity: normal

I request assistance with maintaining the rng-tools package. I am
upstream for the package, but it needs "downstream-care" which I have
not been providing it with due to limited time.

The package description is:
The rngd daemon acts as a bridge between a Hardware TRNG (true random number
generator) such as the ones in some Intel/AMD/VIA chipsets, and the kernel's
PRNG (pseudo-random number generator).

It tests the data received from the TRNG using the FIPS 140-2 (2002-10-10)
tests to verify that it is indeed random, and feeds the random data to the
kernel entropy pool.

This increases the bandwidth of the /dev/random device, from a source that
does not depend on outside activity. It may also improve the quality
(entropy) of the randomness of /dev/random.

A TRNG kernel module such as hw_random, or some other source of true
entropy that is accessible as a device or fifo, is required to use this
package.

This is an unofficial version of rng-tools which has been extensively
modified to add multithreading and a lot of new functionality.



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